Juliet Stevenson is the ideal narrator for this audiobook. After all, who better to use her immense skills with vocal characterizations and richly nuanced accents? Who else could take a sizable cast, developed with nearly Dickensian detail, and make each voice distinct? Indeed, there are moments when the voices reach near-caricature, but the intensity is not entirely out of place. Stevenson's performance is well paced as the story moves between Mr. Hancock, a lonely merchant whose fortunes shift when he comes into possession of the titular sea creature, and Angelica, a high-class prostitute seeking both freedom and security. The listener follows these parallel tales easily, having been drawn into eighteenth-century London and larger-than-life characters who are trying to keep their heads above water. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2018]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9780062864833 $36.99
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